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1998's Godzilla, meanwhile, seems to be made for the public's true understanding of Godzilla. No, not from the movies, but from cheap jokes, commercials, and repeated branding opportunities. Cynical and opportunist, sure, but more honest.
As much as I personally enjoyed Godzilla - and I really did quite a bit – ever since I walked out of my screening I have been nagged by thoughts of some critical issues that don’t quite ruin the film, but certainly do their part to take it down a few pegs.
A couple of weeks ago, before critics were allowed to gush or audiences had gotten more than mere glimpses of this rebooted beast, I had a chance to sit down with Godzilla star Aaron Taylor-Johnson. Amid talk of the production and its allusions to Jaws, I asked him what he'd like to see if Godzilla 2 got greenlit.
The dust hadn't even settled on the weekend, and a sequel to Gareth Edwards' hit film Godzilla already had been announced. I try to tell you in the Memo above why that's a bad idea.
So where does a sequel go? Legendary and the WB sadly do not seem to own the rights to Godzilla's classic enemies, including Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. So the good news is, more new monsters. The bad news is, was anyone really enamored with the M.U.T.O.'s from the current movie?
Could it be that we’ve forgotten how great disaster movies used to be? Because for a while, they were to Hollywood what superhero movies are at the moment: the red-hot genre that lured the best actors, directors and below-the-line talents in the industry.
There's also the matter of a fanbase with a ceiling. The best possible scenario is that people like the new Godzilla and word spreads, making the film a hit. That word of mouth is going to be the difference between this film making $200 and $250 million domestically.
This is an often bleak, punishing film, but Desplat's not-unwelcome score seems operatic, heroic. It's a little bit idealist for a movie that has a fairly ethereal, pitch-back tone.
These 10 action hero names stand out from the crowd. They are the predecessors to Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager, the men and women who blazed a trail to marquee-busting hero madness. These are the 10 cheesiest action-hero names from summer movies past. Who did we leave off?
Already tickets for Godzilla represent more than 80% of the sites sales for this weekend. The reboot from director Gareth Edwards is currently outpacing sales for such much-anticipated tent poles as Thor: The Dark World, World War Z, Prometheus, and Pacific Rim, at similar times in their own respective countdowns to opening.
Considering seven separate categories, To 3D Or Not To 3D evaluates the full scope of the 3D viewing experience. Think of it as a consumer's guide for your movie-going, complete with a viewers poll where you can weigh in on how you plan to see Godzilla.
Fans of the 1998 version of Godzilla, you are warned. Your sacred calf is about to be sacrificed upon the alter of the bigger, badder lizard god, in the hopes that maybe we'll have a better Godzilla flick upon us this weekend. For those of us who lined up to see the biggest summer movie of 1998, only to experience the biggest disappointment of 1998, our day of ultimate judgment has come. So grab your marshmallows, because this turkey's about to get crispy!
Now, we offer five other fascinating revelations learned from Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ken Watanabe about the monster, the movie, and working with director Gareth Edwards.
To get you caught up, we blazed through the Godzilla prequel graphic novel, "Godzilla: Awakening," and picked out the 5 facts you need to know before grabbing a ticket to Godzilla this weekend! We kept the discussion relatively spoiler free, giving you a chance to hear about Godzilla and get prepared for Edwards' massive summer blockbuster.
Sneaking in one last Happy Mother’s day to all those moms out there, in particular Mrs. Rotten Week, who keeps the parenting on lock down around here. She has to because I’m mostly just thinking about movies all the time. My brain can only do so many things at once. She really picks up the slack, which is great. Love you baby! This week we’ve got Godzilla and one expensive arm.
Godzilla is only a week away from release, and the excitement is almost at its peak. As if to further fuel the fire, a new video about the film's 3D conversion process has been brought to our attention. Surprisingly, director Gareth Edwards has one of the most persuasive arguments for why a 3D post-conversion makes sense for the film, as well as for film-making in general. James Cameron may be the champion of native 3D, but Gareth Edwards might be his post-conversion counterpart.
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has been building up a quiet head of steam over the past couple of years. More recently, it's been slowly revealing itself to the public, with only one trailer to show for itself. In a perfect combination of timing and exposure, Godzilla's May 16th release will be the trailer's theatrical premiere.
The Japanese public have accused Godzilla of becoming an "American fatty," but his cast mates in Godzilla are coming to his defense.
This year's summer blockbuster schedule is completely packed. For the next few months there will only be a few weekends that don't see the release of a big-budget action movie, and May is no different than June or July. This weekend we saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swing into theaters, and very soon we will be hearing the thunderous footsteps of Godzilla.
Opinion seems pretty mixed among people I know as to whether or not Godzilla is going to work as a movie, but on the whole, the response to Godzilla’s actual appearance has been overwhelmingly positive. At least in America. Apparently in Japan, there’s been a whole lot of snark hilariously directed at, of all things, the beast's weight.